Home Schooling is the wave of the future; it is how America will survive, or fail.
To understanding how important it is for you to home school your child one need merely look at the way children are taught today. For the purposes of this article I will choose one, and only one item. Believe me, there are dozens of items like this one. The item I will discuss is how cheap your child’s work is, and how this makes your child view his work, and therefore himself, as unimportant.
Your child is given a task. Maybe it is to write a report, maybe it is a page of math. Halfway through the task the bell rings, and the child is made to go play.
Yes, made to go play. The intent here is not to complete the work, but to order the child about, and make him/her amenable to social control and behavior modification.
If you were at work, had an important job to do, would your boss make you go play? And, more important, would you let yourself be made to go play? Negative. You would put your nose to the grindstone and pound away at that job for one simple reason: it is important.
But day after day your child is interrupted, made to go be ‘frivolous,’ and this tells him/her that the job is not important.
And, most interesting, the teacher says it is important.
So what is the solution? Well, here is an interesting alternative. You put work before you child, and you say, ‘You can take a food break if you wish, but you don’t get to play until it is done.
Now, how many of us, if the boss said, “You can work till five, but if the job is done early you can take off for the day,” would work our fingers to the bone?
Every last one of us. The job suddenly becomes extra important, and our lives literally hang upon it.
When I did this at my school the result was instant. Children ignored breaks, told other kids to be quiet, and became work maniacs.
Yes, sometimes I had to check the work, at least in the beginning, to make sure it wasn’t slipshod. But doing this at times during the day forestalls any nasty confrontations with one big checking at the end.
Yes, sometimes they wouldn’t get their school work done, and I would commiserate with them, and let them go. But if you plan the work out (with their input is helpful), then you can usually come up with a target that will get them an extra hour of play, and get you an extra hour’s worth of their work.
Most important, through this type of home schooling approach your child will develop a sense of self worth, and a very valuable work ethic.